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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2013

I have a leak around the chimney, do I call a chimney person or a roofer

Appears to be leaking around one corner, present roof is approximately 7 years old, from outside looks like maybe the "thin" around the chimney is lifted slightly

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By all means a Professional Chimney Service Company can correct this problem.

We service these quite frequent, Not a major expense if caught before moisture damage becomes evident.

My advice is call a Professional Chimney Sweep, Ask them for a Chimney Inspection, By the way this should be done annually, Don't mention the flashing, Let them inspect the entire chimney, If they are qualified they will see this particular problem and any other issues regarding the chimney, And this will be on their Condition Report at the completion of Inspection.

So as far what you should expect to pay for the flashing repair, It would be difficult to put a fixed price on without seeing, But I believe you can expect to pay $200.-$250. for small to medium size chimney. This price reflects repairing not replacing.

So hopefully this will help you a little,


Good Luck



Answered 7 years ago by Singingsweep


Sorry, not thin, but tin!!!

Answered 7 years ago by lzidek


If you a talking about where the tin or flashing meets the roof on the flat of the roof and not the chimney that is not always completely flat after reroofing and would not necessarily be the source of the leak. As long as where it is up it overlaps the flashing below it is more of a visual problem. I would start with a GOOD roofer that would look at the junction of the chimney and roof repair any flashing and not just slap caulking on it. Just applying caulk quite often just adds to the leaks by causing a damming situation where the water backs up behind it. If you think of a thatched roof or feathers on a duck each layer may not be flat against the next but the water flows downhill over each layer. It also could be coming from the cement wash at the top of the chimney and a call to a mason might be in order then though there the roofer can sometimes stop it with good quality caulk.

Answered 7 years ago by ContractorDon

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